June 19, 2013

Law school hopeful headed to Harvard

Rachel Brown

— A Dalton woman who hopes to attend Harvard Law School is one of about 20 students selected to participate in a summer program at the school.

The TRIALS (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools) program is a five-week residential scholarship program that begins June 30. The program was established in 2009 and is a partnership between Harvard, the New York University School of Law and Advantage Testing Foundation. It is designed to help participants prepare for the law school admissions exam.

Kayla Almazan, a Northwest Whitfield High School graduate and a criminal justice major at Dalton State College, said she had to write a two-page personal statement and have an interview before she was selected.

“I would like to attend Harvard for my three years (in law school), but it just depends,” Almazan said.

Almazan is set to graduate from Dalton State in the fall of 2014. She plans to first become a prosecutor and eventually a defense attorney. Almazan said she enjoyed social studies in high school and became interested in criminal justice.

According to the TRIALS program’s website, trials.atfoundation.org, senior instructors help students prepare for the law school admissions test “by deconstructing the test and presenting a step-by-step approach to each question type. Students maintain a rigorous practice testing schedule, frequently sitting for full-length official LSATs under simulated testing conditions.”

They also attend lectures by various lawyers, public figures and legal scholars.